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Here is an idea for all the cutting board makers out there. I’ve been making these out of my off cuts for years. They are quick and easy to do and are always an easy seller (at least here in SA!) Sizes vary according to the off cut, but they are never much bigger than about 16” x 10”. Mine are always made out of a single piece of board, but there is no reason why they can’t be glued up. I cut them freehand on the band saw, so the shapes always vary. I’ve even left a natural edge on some. Plugs go however I feel. Variety is the spice of life!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."





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Hacksaw007

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#1 posted 1565 days ago

Very nice, checked out your web page and you have some nice things. The group of dowels, what are they and how did you get them? Make them or buy them? thanks for sharing!

-- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

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Div

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#2 posted 1565 days ago

Hey Hacksaw! The dowels are actually wooden plugs. I have a variety of plug cutters ranging in size from 1/4 to 1”. You could probably buy them at the corner hardware store in the States. So, I cut the plugs myself from contrasting woods. The holes in the board are drilled with a matching size Forstner bit or similar. A spot of glue, a whack with a mallet, pair off with chisel when glue is dry, some sanding, done!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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Cher

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#3 posted 1565 days ago

Div your projects are very interesting if I manage to come and visit I hope I can see you busy making something I love to see a true craftsman such as yourself in “action”

-- When you know better you do better.

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kine97/Theresa

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#4 posted 1565 days ago

I really like the asymmetrical look of the boards!
Great job…thanks for sharing!!!

-- "My formula for living is quite simple. I get up in the morning, and I go to bed at night. In between, I occupy myself as best I can." -Cary Grant

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rowdy

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#5 posted 1565 days ago

I like these. The plugs really dress up what would otherwise be plain boards.

-- Rowdy in Kechi, Kansas

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a1Jim

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#6 posted 1565 days ago

I really like these nice design

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Maveric777

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#7 posted 1565 days ago

Very cool cheese boards.

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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sras

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#8 posted 1565 days ago

Excellent idea! These are great!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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Rick

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#9 posted 1565 days ago

YEP!! These are very Unique, Clean Lines, Easily Made, and Visually Pleasing. NICE WORK!!

I might try hiding a Rare Earth Magnet under a Shallow Plug to hold a Cheeses Knife. Just a thought.

-- COMMON SENSE Is Like Deodorant. The People Who need It Most, Never Use It.

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Dusty56

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#10 posted 1564 days ago

Great idea…nice shapes and the plugs really add a lot of class to your boards : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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Div

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#11 posted 1563 days ago

Thanks for all the compliments. Please feel free to use the design if you like it.

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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wood2art

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#12 posted 1482 days ago

Your cutting boards are very nice. I have made cutting boards in the past, but only oblong boards. They got a little boring. I may have to go back to the drawing board. Thanks for the inspiration.

-- Jim, Minnesota

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mmh

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#13 posted 1477 days ago

These are great! Whimsical, practical and beautifully unique.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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Div

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#14 posted 1477 days ago

wood2art, you are welcome to copy them, that is why I posted!

mmh, thanks! Just got your PM, will write back.

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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